La Direction Exécutive du PADES félicite Madame Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka pour sa nomination en qualité de Directrice Exécutive de l’ONU Femmes.
Madame Phumzile est une africaine qui s’est démarquée par ses loyaux services en faveur du peuple sud africain. Après avoir été plusieurs fois Ministre dans son pays, Madame Phumzile a gravé les échelons jusqu’à devenir Vice-Président de la République Sud Africaine.
Voir l’intégralité du message du Porte parole de l’ONU ci-dessous (In English).
South Africa’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka appointed chief of UN women’s agency
Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka replaces Michelle Bachelet, a former president of Chile who served as the first Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Ms. Bachelet stepped down a few months ago.
“The Secretary-General expressed his gratitude for the outgoing Executive Director’s commitment in spearheading the Organization’s work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the global, regional and country level,” stated the announcement of the appointment.
It went on to say that Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka brings to her new position a wealth of experience in advocating for women’s issues “with a combination of strategic leadership, consensus building and hands-on management experience.”
She was the first woman to hold the position of Deputy President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008, and has also served as Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of Minerals and Energy, and briefly as acting Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology.
Among her many activities, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka established Umlambo Foundation in 2008 to provide support to schools in impoverished areas in South Africa through mentorship and coaching for teachers and in Malawi through school improvements with local partners.
UN Women was established in July 2010 by a unanimous vote of the General Assembly to oversee all of the world body’s programmes aimed at promoting women’s rights. It is tasked with helping Member States implement standards, providing technical and financial support to countries which request it, and forging partnerships with civil society.
Within the UN, it holds the world body accountable for its own commitments on gender equality.